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Stephanie S Briggs

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  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

I LOVED this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I don't give stellar reviews loosely. By comparison, I just gave my last Anne Rice novel 3 stars. Bored me to death.

I HIGHLY recommend this book. The story was compelling, suspenseful and sweet and the performance was spot on.

Just loved it.

  • Tai-Pan

  • The Epic Novel of the Founding of Hong Kong: The Asian Saga, Book 2
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,508

It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first begin to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Struan, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power - and to make himself supreme ruler: Tai-Pan!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story brilliantly read

  • By Steve Margitan on 06-23-15

Not a sequel, but worth reading!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Because this is "Book 2 of the Asian Saga", I thought it was the sequel to Shogun, which I had just finished. I was, at first, extremely disappointed that this had no connection at all to Shogun. It starts out very slowly. I almost gave up on it and was going to request my credit back. However, I continued to power through it. The portrayal of the early colonization of Hong Kong was interesting. As the characters developed, the story got better.

The masterful performance by Gildart Jackson was the clincher. This is the best-read Audible book I've ever read, and I've read a bunch. There were more than a dozen main characters, male & female, Scottish, Asian, British, Russian and American. Jackson's performance was flawless. Because of his colorful presentation of the no-nonsense Scottish tai-pan, his sassy Chinese concubine, his pirate-like nemesis and others, I enjoyed this book light years more than I believe I would've if I had simply read it. There were many moments when I actually laughed out loud at certain exclamations of some of these characters.

I kind of loved the story by the end and plan to continue on through the Asian Saga.

  • Krampus

  • The Yule Lord
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By colleen on 11-17-12

Such a great book to read for the Yuletide season!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I just loved this book. I ESPECIALLY loved the performance by Kirby Heyborne!

The story is a great one to read for the Yuletide season. It is a dark tale of a longstanding rivalry between the legendary Yuletide lord Krampus and his nemesis Santa Klaus. And, this Santa is definitely not the kindly old jolly elf, but Balder, the very powerful, brooding son of Odin who is built like the Tree of Life itself. A formidable adversary.

Brom weaves an intriguing tale of dark mythical magic throughout a story set in West Virginia's Appalachia. I am from the deep south and NOTHING. NOTHING. irritates me worse than a non- southerner attempting a southern accent and failing. Most of Hollywood has done this. That said, Kirby Heyborne provides a MASTERFUL, AUTHENTIC performance of not only the West Virginia locals, but also of the mythical Viking-age characters. Just absolutely flawless. I will absolutely seek out other works that he has narrated. And, I'll definitely be checking out more by Brom also!

Read this NOW, as we move into this Yuletide season!

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

  • By: Emily Croy Barker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,968

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-13

MESSED UP BOOK...LOVED IT!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I was reading this book to kill time until my next credit came up. Free with the romance membership. O M G, absolutely LOVED it! Not at all what I expected. If you love fantasy like Game of Thrones, Tolkien, Harry Potter, Narnia etc, stop what you're reading IMMEDIATELY and check this book out!!! Loved loved loved it!!!

  • Odd Thomas

  • You Are Destined to Be Together Forever
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Amid the dizzying rides, tantalizing games of chance, and fanciful attractions of a state fair, two teenage sweethearts on the cusp of life and love's pleasures find their way to a shadowy carnival tent brimming with curiosities. There, from the bizarre and enthralling Gypsy Mummy, a mechanized merchant of dreams and prognosticator of tomorrows, the young couple learns what fate promises for them. But fate, for Odd Thomas and Stormy Llewellyn, is something altogether different: full of dark corners, sharp edges, and things no seer or soothsayer could ever anticipate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a book but a chapter

  • By Kenneth J. Baldauf on 02-20-17

A nice little prequel!Not a whole book.Just right!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Disregard the negative ratings. Those readers simply failed to do their due diligence. If you are reading this, then you are doing yours! I've read all the Odd books. Now that I've joined Audible, I decided to do them all again. The negative reviews fall into 2 categories: 1) those who thought it was a whole book and felt robbed, and 2) those who felt like it was way too much $ to spend on such a short work.

Those people very simply failed to read the crystal clear description of this work as a short prequel, and they obviously haven't discovered the trick to getting little things like this for cheap or free!

First, this work was only published in 2015, so it came after most or all of the other books. If you just click on the link for all the Odd books, it clearly shows that this is Book 0.5. Just a little background on Odd and Stormy. And, it clearly shows the length of the work.

So being an Odd fan and never having seen this little prequel before, of course I wanted to read it. I also agree that, at this length, it wasn't worth a credit, or $12. Sooooooo.... I bought the Kindle edition for $2.99 and added this Audible edition for $0.99! 😏 And, it was well worth it! Just a nice little glimpse into their lives during their teen years.

The haters just simply failed to do their homework. If you're interested, just do that little Kindle deal and you won't regret it! ☺

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  • Moby Dick

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 843

The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping despite the minutiae

  • By Sarah on 06-06-08

Blah.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Struggled to finish it. Read the first five chapters in which the main characters are introduced, then skip to the last three chapters where everything goes down to spare yourself hours of monotony. Must be an American classic because it didn't have a lot of competition at the time that it was written. If you're going to take it on anyway, Anthony Heald made a boring book as exciting as it could be made. Enjoyed his performance of it.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,653

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

Loved this edition!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I was worried about the reviews that discussed some audio crossover in the background. But, the consensus seemed to be that this performance by Christopher Hurt was far superior to the other popular one, so I chose this one. No regrets AT ALL. LOVED the performance. What few audio irregularities cropped up here and there were hardly noticeable and not annoying at all, and I am often easily annoyed by things like that. This book, especially in audio form is a lot to digest. I've seen other reviews stating that they immediately began to read it again and you will understand why when you get into it. You will want to go back to pick up on things that foreshadow later events. I also plan to read it again soon with this knowledge. The only reason I didn't give this audio version 5 stars is that the frequent monologues by the various characters, as inspiring as they are, tend to get a little lengthy and tedious. Found my mind wandering during them. I can imagine them being a little easier to digest in print form. I will say that it was a little hard to get into, but I powered through the beginning because of all the great reviews. If you purchase this book, do the same if you feel like it's losing you. So well worth it. Such a great classic. Highly highly recommend!

  • Lady of Sherwood

  • Robin Hood & Marian, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Roberson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected earl, has long battled the tyranny of Prince John - a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John's hands, and Robert has no choice but to fight as an outlaw - as Robin Hood. Lady Marian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Forest. There, amid wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior - as Robin Hood's partner in stealing John's gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved loved loved this book.

  • By Stephanie S Briggs on 03-20-18

Loved loved loved this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Epic presentation of this legend. Masterful performance of the many different voices by Roger Davis.

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  • Lady of the Forest

  • Robin Hood & Marian, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Roberson
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 30 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins... He is Sir Robery Locksley - the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal, and war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robin Hood Story, but so much more

  • By Joan on 01-04-15

LOVED this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I don't know why I haven't read this before. If, like me, you love Game of Thrones, Mists of Avalon, classics and fairy tales, you must bump this up to the top of your reading list. You won't regret it. I've downloaded and shall begin it's sequel Lady of Sherwood immediately. I don't review books lightly and don't often give them 5 stars, but, in my humble opinion, everything about this book was perfect, especially this narrator.

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